Engineering vs Engineering Technology



Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature to the benefit of mankind.

With a background in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences, the engineer interrelates engineering principles with economic, social, legal, aesthetic, environmental and ethical issues.  The engineer is a designer, conceptualizer, developer, all to meet societal needs.  The engineer plans, predicts, systematizes and evaluates.  Education in an engineering BS program prepares the engineer for research, design, development, management, establishment of systems, and translation of concepts into realities.


Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology is that part of the technological field that requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities.

The engineering technologist must be applications-oriented, building upon a background of applied mathematics, science and engineering technology.  The technologist must be able to produce practical, workable results; install and operate technical systems; devise hardware from proven concepts; develop and produce products; service machines and systems; manage construction and production processes; and provide sales support for technical products and systems.  The technologist has a 4 year BSET degree.